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23 suspected cases of Coronavirus reported so far in Nigeria, 22 were NEGATIVE – NCDC

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 23 suspected cases of coronavirus identified in Edo, Lagos, Ogun, FCT and Kano states have tested negative.

Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC director-general, disclosed this on Sunday, in Abuja.

He said besides the index case recorded in Lagos, there is no new confirmed case of the virus in the country.

Ihekweazu said a total of 219 contacts of the index case were identified, including contacts from hotel, workplace and hospital.

This is an update from the initial report by NCDC which said, 23 suspected cases of coronavirus identified in Edo, Lagos, Ogun, FCT and Kano states.

Meanwhile, an unnamed man who travelled to the United States from Nigeria has reportedly tested positive for Coronavirus  in Washington DC. 

The US authorities said the man, who started  staying with his relatives in Washington DC recently  tested positive to the virus on Saturday.

According to US News, there are also no indications that he contracted the virus in Nigeria. “With his test yielding presumptive positive, D.C. Health has started its investigation in keeping with Center for Disease Control  guidelines,” Muriel Bowser, District of Columbia mayor, said. 

She added that at this point the patient seemed to have no history of international travel and no close contacts with a confirmed case and he is still hospitalized.

The case is said to be the first presumptively confirmed case in Washington DC, after the country confirmed its first case of person-to-person transmission of the virus on January 30.

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